In short: A very memorable race In full: Terrible weather, could not of been worse and I felt a bit sorry for the organisers who obviously had really high hopes for the event and had a lot of entertainment organised.
Good points: Getting in the car park was very easy, shuttle buses were quick there were no queues, bags were quickly put on the bag truck. The crowds were great. Water Stations were great with gels, sports drink and jelly babies.
Bad Points: Could not get into the stadium before the event as there were too many people, so we had to stay in the cold wind and rain. The organisers knew the weather was going to be bad so I feel that they should of had some plan to give cover. Not enough loo's (only about 10 in the stadium - womens) and these were what we used to change in.
Our friend waited ages to get the bags off the bags truck because the organisers put the bags on anywhere instead of putting them in zones like 1-100, 101-200 etc.
There was also nowhere that I could see to buy a hot drink or food. Food vans could have made a killing as so many people (both runners and spectators) were cold and hungry. I think the organisers missed a trick there. Lastly, I thought it was going to be a really flat course but we seemed to be running on little up and down all the time. I think this event will be better next year and it certainly was a very memorable run. Date of review: May 2, 2012
In full: Bad organisation. My friends gave up and went home because they could not park in time to run in the race (cars lined up from the motorway). It took time for everyone to pay £3 to park which must of caused the delay. With a freezing wind my husband and I went to the start line which took at least 15 minutes. The race was then delayed for about 20 minutes because of car parking problem so I froze as I had not enough clothing, had to go to the toliet (no bush to hide behind (I'm a girl, not nice) and then I felt thirsty.
On the course there was not many mile markers I saw about 5 markers and my husband said according to his garmin some miles were shorter than others but the course was still exactly 13.1 miles. There were cars on the roads. At the end there was not even a clock. The atmosphere was flat and for what I paid for this event I expected better. It was cold and all we wanted to do was to get home. Compared to others I did not think it was worth it and would not recommend this event to a friend. Date of review: April 16, 2012